Radioactive Iodine and How It Causes Cancer

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The Fukushima nuclear power plant incident has made everyone acutely aware of how dangerous nuclear energy can be. Everyone knows that radiation is very poisonous, and is not save at any dosage level. But I myself was a bit perplexed about the effect that radioactive iodine can have on humans. So I had to go back and do a bit of homework on it.

The form of iodine that is radioactive is an isotope, known as iodine-131 or radioiodine. It has a half-life of approximately 8 days. Although it is used mostly in medical and pharmaceutical applications, it is most notorious for its role as a major radioactive agent present in nuclear fission products. It was a leading cause of the deleterious health effects from open-air atomic bomb testing in the 1950’s, the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, and is a dreaded concern in reference to the recent Japanese nuclear crisis.

The reason for this is that I-131 is major product of fission reactions with uranium, plutonium and indirectly thorium, comprising approximately 3% of the total products of fission (by weight). Due to its mechanism of beta decay, I-131 is very powerful in its mutagenic and toxic effects on cells that it penetrates, as well as other cells up to a few millimeters away. Ironically, high doses of I-131 are sometimes less dangerous than lower doses, because they tend to kill thyroid tissues which would other become malignant due to the radiation exposure. So for therapeutic use, I-131 is used in large or maximal treatment doses. Moderate dosages seem to be absorbed in the thyroid gland, which often leads to thyroid cancer, especially in children.

Iodine in food is absorbed and concentrated in the thyroid gland where it is needed for optimal thyroid function. If iodine-131 is present in high levels due to radioactive fallout, it can be absorbed through contaminated food, and will accumulate in the thyroid. As it goes through radioactive decay, it can cause major damage to the thyroid. The biggest risk from exposure to high levels of radioiodine is the occurrence of radiogenic thyroid cancer later in life. There is also a risk of benign growths and thyroiditis (inflammation of the thyroid).

The incidence of thyroid cancer due to exposure to iodine-131 seems to lessen as the age of victims increases. Most of the risk estimates are based on studies on which the radiation exposure victims were children or teenagers. When adults are exposed, epidemiologists have had a hard time establishing a statistically significant difference in thyroid disease rates between exposed and unexposed populations.

The risk of thyroid cancer can be reduced by the consumption of iodine supplements. The thyroid will not absorb much of the radioiodine if it is saturated with non-radioactive iodine. The idea is to raise the safe iodine levels in the body so that the uptake of the radioactive iodine is reduced as much as possible. In the United States, the highest recorded I-131 fallout doses occurred in the 1950’s and 1960’s to children that drank milk that was contaminated by ground testing of nuclear weapons.

For catastrophic nuclear incidents, it is recommended to take potassium iodide to saturate the thyroid gland, usually 130 mg in one dose, or 65 mg twice in one day. But one should be sure not to take this on an extended basis because the iodide can cause severe side effects over a long-term basis. This dosage is approximately 700 times more than a nutritional dose of iodide, which is around 0.15 mg per day.

This is important because there are some reports that there are radionuclides from Japan being blown over the United States. So, despite the media blackout on any news about these developments, people around the world should be protecting themselves from the radioactive fallout that is being dispersed around the world. Do NOT depend on the mainstream media to tell you the truth about this, as they are trying their best to keep the people calm.

  1. Don Porter

    My Beating Stage IV Metastasized Prostate Cancer.

    I was diagnosed, in April 2007 with a 39.6 PSA & related tests (including a biopsy) that clearly identified Metastasized Stage 4 Prostate Cancer to my left Pelvic Bone & received a 3+ year death sentence from a VA MD. I beat it & have had many people contact me requesting data on how I did it, & Ty Bollinger asked me to share my success story with his readers. Well, here it is, & to keep it simple, I utilized my underappreciated, in this society, Immune System that, basically, is the same as everyone else’s. Therefore, what I accomplished – so can YOU !
    After the rather significant overdose of medical negativeness I concentrated on what is possible, having studied Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, David Williams, Tony Robbins, Marianne Williamson, Andrew Weil, M.D., Dr. Julian Whitaker, Verne Varona, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn Jr., Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. T. Colin Campbell (China Study), Ruan Jin Zhao, Ph.D., O.M.D, L.A.c. & re-read my version of a bible, “Confession of a Kamikaze Cowboy” by Dirk Benedict. Dirk earned a bit of notoriety/fame from his participation in the A-Team, Battlestar Gallactica, Charlie’s Angels, etc. Also Living Well Naturally by Dr. Anthony J. Sattilaro, etc. I determined that we all enjoy a body that is a miraculous machine that must be aligned properly with a quality diet, exercise, quality liquids, deep breathing, organic foods, & minimum stress, in a FAST paced society, along with some occasional “TLC”.
    • If we don’t align our car’s front end – tires wear regardless of the type of tires we use.
    • If we put gasoline in a diesel car or diesel in a gasoline car – They won’t run
    • No oil/grease in car – what happens ?
    • WE must take special care of the miraculous “US”
    • So I decided, with my wife, to align my body properly & stop placing foods & liquids filled with dangerous chemicals into my body, by going ORGANIC !
    I went on a strict macrobiotic/organic Plant Based Diet similar to Dr, Caldwell Esselstyn, Jrs. diet. My success was in large part due to the considerable assistance/contributions of my wife, Verne Varona – world’s top macrobiotic counselor & author of several diet books including his latest – Macrobiotics for Dummies, Michio Kushi’s books & many others, Therefore what I accomplished is not mine – It is gathered from MANY sources & is for ALL to benefit from. Given some experience in Due Diligence or looking into “Actual” beneficial activities for our Immune systems, I absorbed the above-mentioned alternative experts books, presentations & websites. It was necessary to undertake a LOT of time, energy & commitment that turned out to be 4+ years with a “real” average of 5 hours a day on the internet, etc. I was motivated from a negative diagnosis about my metastasized Prostate Cancer & kept at it.
    I also was aware that:
    • There are known things that we know .
    • There are things that we know that we don’t know.
    • PROBLEM -There are things that we don’t “EVEN” know that we don’t know
    There are populations, Okinawans, Hunza’s, Sardinians, Loma Linda, CA ( 7th Day Adventists), that all “live healthy, long lives”. We have a massive dead zone in the Gulf – Grow animals for food or raise food on lane in order to be competitive CHEMICALS, etc.
    • MANY animals are fine with eating just “grass & water” – Cows-Horses, pigs, chickens, geese, swans, ducks, & most other birds.
    • “If you ate 1 cup of spinach in 1954, the amount of iron you would receive is comparable to eating 60 cups of spinach today. I think it’s a powerful representation of what has, & is, happening to our food chain
    • United Nations, World Health Org, & MANY others –Advises STOPPING public exposure to –“SO” many DANGEROUS TOXIC Chemicals !
    • 3-2011 FDA confirmed that 80% of all antibiotics used in the U.S. go to animal agriculture. Today’s Food System: All Drugged Up next time you’re feeling sick, think twice before going to your MD for answers. Look down at your plate, instead. Hidden in your hamburger or smoked ham may be something you didn’t want or expect on the menu — antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Instead of protecting you from infectious diseases, antibiotics might simply be making you sick.
    • Staggering, almost uncountable, number of Chemicals, Drugs, Pesticides, Fertilizers, Hormones, Food Additives-coloring-taste enhancers preservatives, into the MANY thousands.
    • Examine the WHY- of strokes, bad arteries, cholesterol, cancer, arthritis, joint problems with new knees & hips. Food with TOO MANY CHEMICALS seems to be the constant culprit.
    Therefore I embarked on a mission of wellness enhancement; engaged in/on a strict Kushi Macrobiotic-Organic diet & in 8+ weeks dropped from 154 pounds,(@ 5’9”), to 132 , a 22 pound loss. Bill Clinton has had similar (results with a heart-driven Dr. Esselstyn Plant Based Diet). I also discovered that it takes about 4 months to fully change our blood. I therefore remained on Verne Varona’s/ Kushi’s modified organic/macrobiotic diet. As my investigations (due diligence) indicated that my immune system was restored to a positive state, I kept searching for additional enhancement methods, Protocols, Herbs, Nutrients, etc. I finally found the Baking Soda and/ or Cesium chloride experts that had experienced success in beating cancers. A good one was Vern (Vito) Johnston & his “common sense” Protocol & his internet site, My result was almost identical to Vern’s. I now am able to eat some “regular” meals & dinners from a menu @ a normal American restaurant. I still concentrate on organic foods, brown rice, beans, various green veggies, and whole oats at breakfast, filtered water, deep breathing, walking 30+ minutes a day, 8 hours of sleep, fruits, apricot seeds, chia seeds, goji berries, some herbs, a few special vitamins, & occasional Baking Soda.
    All of my efforts diet wise, breathing, water, green teas, etc. are to maintain a slight alkalinity.
    • Those that say Vern’s, Kushi’s, diet etc. & my protocol/methods can cure almost anyone who has not damaged themselves by Drugs-Alcohol-Smoking, etc. – except brain cancer – may be on the right track. They offer books, web sites, chat rooms, blogs, etc. that all indicate that this Diet Protocol is available, fairly inexpensive & IMPORTANTLY raises our pH to over 7.8+ resulting in Cancer Cell demise. There is considerable material easily available about Cesium Chloride & Baking Soda raising pH for decades. The MANY uses of Baking Soda are strong indicators of this well established pH reality.

    I Found the following statement: “When people learn to eat a plant based diet they can eliminate heart disease & cancer it could inaugurate a seismic revolution in our health. Other diseases that can be 80% resolved with a plant based diet include: obesity, hypertension, stroke, heart attacks, gall stones, diverticulitis, asthma, osteoporosis, allergies, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, lupus, and a marked decrease in the common western cancers of breast, prostate, colon, endometrial, ovarian, & pancreatic”. So says Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., who was a researcher & clinician at the Cleveland Clinic for 35+ years & wrote a book – “Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease”.

    • We all are the same – except for some inherited Genes, various opinions, points-of-view-beliefs-attitudes-positions-habits-tendencies, derived from our past & the “brainwashing” we are subjected to by sophisticated marketing entities seeking revenues/profits throughout our lives.
    • Nutrition & diet have not been taught in our educational backgrounds.
    • Today is the 1st day of the rest of our lives SO – decide to CHANGE Therefore, I STRONGLY urge all interested folks to appreciate their body’s capabilities & undertake whatever changes are required to enhance your immune systems !
    • All we have is “our time & our energy”, as long as it lasts. So eat organic – Brown rice, beans, various green veggies, whole oats-breakfast, filtered water, deep breathing, walking 30 minutes a day, 8 hours of sleep, fruits, chia seeds, some herbs, a few vitamins, & occasional Baking Soda. Acquire new habits that empower your Immune System so as to enhance your quality of life ! Be good to your body & it will be good to you !

    NOTE: I am not a doctor. The information contained in this email is for educational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for the diagnosis, treatment, or advice of a qualified licensed professional. The facts presented herein are offered as information only, not medical advice, and in no way should anyone consider that I am practicing medicine. Any statements regarding alternative cancer treatments have not been evaluated by the FDA. This is a recap of “MY” Donald J. Porter diet, & related events.

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